How to Buy Trekking Shoes?

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People always are confused about how to choose the right trekking shoes. I have been trekking since my college days and my first trekking shoes was gift from my uncle who is a professional trekker. He taught me everything I know which also includes my knowledge about trekking shoes.

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Here are some of the elements that you should keep in mind while buying trekking shoes:


  1. Traction
  2. Ankle support
  3. Water-proofing
  4. Resistance
  5. Toe protection
  6. Stability
  7. Comfort

Here are few things that I have learn from some of the best trekker I know:

Before, getting a pair of trekking boots make sure you decide what kind of boots you prefer. Trekking boots are designed for four different type of trekking environment.

-Mild/flat terrain

These boots should weigh lighter. Usually made of a lighter form of leather or Nylon. Generally, these shoes are not waterproof. Although, some leather brands do offer some water resistance.

– Medium terrain

These boots may be a bit heavier but they provide the best protection for your feet. They offer ankle support similar to Timberlands but these are much tougher. Wearing them will protect your from “ankle twisting” injuries on uneven lands.

 -Rough terrain

These are cool heavy boots that has Gore-Tex, water-resistance and steel toecaps.


I called them warriors because they can take some major beatings. They are toughest; you feel comfortable/warm/dry and protect your feet in every possible way. Some of them can also be attached to crampons. They are only made for hard-core trekking. Therefore, if you are planning to go on a serious trekking expedition then you should definitely buy them.

Buying tips:
– Always try them with socks of different thickness.
– Try these shoes on the evening.
– After buying they always go for a “Test” walk or camping with these shoes before using them on your hiking trip.

I hope that my tips have been helpful to you people.


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